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Suicide Deaths Surpass Highway Fatalities

The grim news, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, is that suicide has exceeded automobile crashes as the leading cause of injury-related death in this country. While the percentage of deaths related to vehicle crashes has dropped 25 percent over a recent nine-year period, the number of suicides has increased 15 […]

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Facing One of Life’s Certainties

Chances are that every one of us will grieve over the loss of a close friend or relative. While there is no question that grief is nearly universal, there has been some debate as to whether the frequent crying spells, depressed mood, sleep disturbances, and loss of appetite so common to the bereavement process may […]

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Feeling Stressed at Work?

If you feel stressed at work, you are hardly alone. A recent poll of nearly 900 American employees shows that about three in every four are stressed at work. For the second consecutive year, low pay is the most common cause of work-related stress. Poor work/life balance; lack of advancement opportunity; working outside one’s chosen […]

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Worrying News for Women

Because women are twice as likely as men to suffer from anxiety disorders, researchers felt compelled to take a closer look at the matter. When they measured the electrical activity in the brains of both men and women as each group completed easy tasks, researchers found that anxious women displayed more electrical brain activity than […]

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Real Men Get Depressed, Too

Although depression may be more common among women, men also get depressed. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, at least six million men in this country suffer from depression each year. Those affected should not try to dismiss their conditions or neglect treatment out of embarrassment because the risks of doing so are […]

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Are You Part of the 20 Percent?

If you are feeling very stressed, you may take at least some solace in the fact that many of the people around you share the same feelings. According to the annual “Stress in America” survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, more than one in five Americans say that they experience chronic “severe stress.” Only […]

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Aging Concerns

As the population ages and Baby Boomers enter their senior years, it should be noted that an Institute of Medicine panel recently pointed out that one in five seniors has a mental health or substance abuse problem. The panel went on to say that theirs is a conservative estimate that does not include a number […]

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Capsule Summary

In recent years, investigations into the biological causes of depression have shown that anti-depressant medications can effectively relieve symptoms in many cases. However, no one should presume that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which target brain chemicals linked with depression, are necessarily a cure-all. One government study shows that fewer than half of people on […]

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Youthful Obsessions and Compulsions

It is hardly uncommon for youngsters at various points in their lives to be concerned with matters such as symmetry and having things perfect, as exemplified by avoiding sidewalk cracks and insisting on bedtime rituals. However, when such concerns become so overriding that they interfere with the ability to conduct their everyday lives, the problem […]

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Getting Under their Own Skin

It is hardly uncommon for youngsters at various points in their lives to be concerned with matters such as symmetry and having things perfect, as exemplified by avoiding sidewalk cracks and insisting on bedtime rituals. However, when such concerns become so overriding that they interfere with the ability to conduct their everyday lives, the problem […]

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